Thursday, December 15, 2016

St. Paul Winter Carnival

In 1885 a New York reporter visited St. Paul and declared the city to be another Siberia. He said it was "unfit for human habitation."

Offended by the attack, the people of St. Paul decided to retaliate by showing the world how much fun winter in Minnesota can be.

In 1886 the St. Paul Winter Carnival was born. It was held in the month of January.

One of the highlights of the first Winter Carnival was this ice castle. It was built with over 35,000 blocks of ice taken from Minnesota lakes.

The ice castle has been the centerpiece of a festival that has continued to grow for many years. The festival has included bobsledding, ice horse racing (on frozen lakes), a royal crowning, dogsled races, snow and ice sculpting contests, a parade and much more.

Ice Sculptures
Snow Sculptures
What about you? Have you been to a Winter Carnival? Would you like to go?


  1. Thanks for this post Gabrielle! Never have been to this festival,but sure would like to go! Winter is pretty in Ohio,but Minnesota,does a wonderful job of showing how beautiful winter can be.

  2. Never have. We live in the Deep South and get very little if any snow and we don't travel to places that do in wintertime. I love that these people made a positive out of a negative comment!
    I'm proud of my state even though we get lots of negative comments from those that live elsewhere and never visited us.


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